Philip Lee Isenberg, 77, of Pinehurst passed peacefully away Monday, January 22 at Quail Haven.

Phil was born June 4, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA when his mother was traveling on a train which had to make an emergency stop for his delivery.  Phil was the son of Arthur and Virginia Isenberg of Richmond Virginia.

Phil is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Ann and his two sons Timothy Scott of Springfield, Virginia and Benjamin Lee of Pinehurst and two grandsons Timothy Lee and Alex Bert also of Springfield.   In addition, he is survived by three brothers: Nevin Isenberg and Chris Isenberg of Richmond Virginia; Barry Isenberg of Rockville Virginia; and one sister Gynanne Hahn of Mechanicsville Virginia.  There are also numerous nieces and nephews.  

Growing up in Richmond, Phil attended Hermitage High School. After high school he worked for his father’s oil company but after “injuring” several oil trucks he was encouraged to enter military service.   He enlisted in the United States Navy where he served on several battleships, worked at the Pentagon and stood as honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery.   After leaving the Navy, he worked for the Coca-Cola Company and Virginia Impression products.  From there he founded his own business, Isenberg Distributing Company and eventually Ribbon King.  Ribbon King became one of the first businesses in the country to recycle laser cartridges.

During his career, Phil was active in the Civitan Clubs of Northern Virginia serving in various positions and then as President.  He was also active with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to control growth and encouraged the building of more roads for northern Virginia. He had a great love for the game of golf and that love brought him to Pinehurst 12 years ago.  

A private ceremony will be conducted at a later date to honor and celebrate his life. Remembrances in his name can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.

Online condolences can be made to

Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.

Mr. Isenberg’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers at Sandhills Sentinel.

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